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April: The Best Gift

I was SO looking forward to spring and NO more snow, however the anticipation of a new season and new life was sidetracked with the sad news of a death in our family.

I am blessed with a supportive husband who helped me, my daughter, and my mother make quick arrangements to fly out and spend 4 days with our family.  We attended the wake and funeral.  While listening to my cousins speak of their amazing mother, I felt comforted by their powerful words.

You might think the extreme sadness one feels when you lose your mother, aunt, grandma, or anyone close to you clouds your thoughts.  But as I sat and listened to 3 of the 10 siblings explain what they learned about life from their mom, I held tight onto one profound thought. One of my cousins said, “The best gift I can give my mom and dad is to live the life they wanted me to live.”

As a mom, I want the best for my children.  I pray for them and protect them when I can.  I want them to be happy.  I hope they choose the right spouse.  I yearn for lots of grandchildren.  Hopefully, they live a long, productive life as an active citizen.  I could go on and on.  I know my parents wanted similar things for me and my siblings.

What if we all gave back to our parents and lived the life they wanted us to have?  Wouldn’t that be a powerful gift!  I wonder what our world would be like if we all chose to live our life as a gift to our parents?

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Andrea

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